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Northern Hellsgate Wilderness, AZ
mini location map2020-03-15
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Northern Hellsgate Wilderness, AZ 
Northern Hellsgate Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
MountainMatt
Hiking13.14 Miles 3,187 AEG
Hiking13.14 Miles
3,187 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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A couple of solid backcountry hikes on a mission inspired by my February 15th scouting trip trek that caught my attention.

March 1st
Entered into the abyss once again but this time just a tad bit deeper than before into the Highcountry of Hellsgate.
Spotted a group of bulls deep in the wilderness from afar back in February with my binoculars, kept note of their location and on this day came from above and bumped right into them no more than a hundred feet from where I marked my waypoint.
My eagerness got the best of me as they all were still packing their horns and I pushed them even further into the depths of the unforgiving wilderness.
I decided to bounce out, let them be and hit a open ridge on my way out and that’s when I was able to watch them from afar for a few minutes until they disappeared into the dense thickets of classic high desert Arizona vegetation.

March 15th
Would have been back sooner but flooding and high water levels made access nearly impossible after a week of solid rain and a dash of snow.
Returned to my spot of interest after a respectable amount of off trail sweat and grit but this time around there was nothing in sight.
It’s always a guessing game with animals, which is why it’s so fun to attempt to find them and in this case provoked me to once again head even further back into the formidable land.
Saw plenty of great sign but never found my group of bulls again but in the process saw some truly epic forests, canyons and a seemingly seldom traveled section of the mighty and wondrous Hellsgate Wilderness.
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Dakota Verbena making a nice appearance.
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